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About Pitbulls - Off Broadway

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A small black community in rural Appalachia. Pitbull country. Mary and her son Dipper live in a trailer a few miles from their bible-belt, war-loving, dog-fighting neighbors. Despite being the community’s pariah, Mary is at peace making and selling wine. However, when a prize-winning pit bull is slaughtered on the Fourth of July, Mary’s solitary existence becomes suspect. Pitbullsexplores what it costs to be an individual in America.

Featuring: Donna Duplantier, Yvette Ganier, Nathan Hinton, Billy Eugene Jones, and Maurice Williams

Keith Josef Adkins (Playwright) is an Ohio-born, New York-based playwright. His plays include PITBULLS, SAFE HOUSE which will receive its world premiere Fall 2014 at Cincinnati Playhouse and a subsequent production at the Repertory Theatre of St. Louis in Winter 2015. His play THE LAST SAINT ON SUGAR HILL received its world premiere at MPAACT Theater in Chicago, garnering a Best New Work nomination at the 2012 Jeff Awards. The Last Saint received its New York premiere at the National Black Theatre in 2013. Other plays include THE PEOPLE BEFORE THE PARK, SUGAR AND NEEDLES, THE FINAL DAYS OF NEGRO-VILLE, THE BUG PODS. His works have been produced and/or developed at the Public Theater, LaMama, Lark Play Development Center, Epic Theatre Ensemble, New York Theater Workshop, Alliance Theater, Hansberry Project, Bay Area Playwrights Festival, Classical Theater of Harlem, among others. Keith is the co-founder and artistic director of The New Black Fest, a festival of new and provocative playwriting, music and discussion from the African Diaspora. The New Black Fest recently curated Facing Our Truth: Ten-Minute Plays on Trayvon, Race and Privilege that’s being produced at theaters around the country. Keith penned THE DISAPPEARING, a sci-fi feature film script, for Simon Says Entertainment (Blue Caprice, Mother of George, Gun Hill Road). His sci-fi webseries, THE ABANDON, is currently being developed into a feature film with executive producer and Emmy-Award winning actor Eriq LaSalle.



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